The Lesser-Known Value of Diversity
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com During day-to-day functions in the workplace, it is easy to see that diversity is a plus.  For example, it is great when a younger colleague is more familiar with a contemporary cultural reference, or a colleague who celebrates different holidays can remind us that clients sharing his faith won’t want to communicate on a particular day,…

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Momentum Generation Takes Home the Gold at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards
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Still from Momentum Generation, All Rise Films Congratulations to firm clients Jeff and Michael Zimbalist of All Rise Films, for their wins at the New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards last month! Their film Momentum Generation, which documents the emergent careers of a group of young surfers in the 1990s, took home the Gold World Medals for Best Direction,…

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Dracula Single Among NPR’s Favorite of 2018
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Last year, firm founder Vivek Jayaram co-founded a record label with longtime pal and Miami music industry vet Lauren Reskin and Las Nubes drummer Emile Milgrim.  Dubbed Sweat Records Records (an obvious nod to Lauren’s legendary record store, Sweat Records), the label has aspirations to showcase contemporary music emerging the tropical potpourri that is Miami. The label’s first act is…

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The Last Resort Premieres on Netflix
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We’re proud to share that a new documentary, The Last Resort, produced and co-directed by firm client Dennis Scholl, premiered on Netflix earlier this year and is receiving wonderful reviews. The Last Resort leads viewers back to the bygone era of 1970s Miami Beach, from its boom as the hottest retirement spot for the Jewish community, to its decline as…

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Celebrities and Copyright Infringement
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By Palak V. Patel palak@jayaramlaw.com Gigi Hadid is a new generation influencer whose popularity is largely based on social media. With nearly fifty million followers on Instagram, each of her posts garner thousands of likes and comments in a matter of hours. Each post can have a significant impact on Hadid’s career. However, a single post can also have legal…

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Vol. 8: Get Your Clients Comfortable With Your Team
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com There is usually one reason why in-house clients hire a specific lawyer: they trust the lawyer to achieve a favorable outcome to their challenge.  This is why clients don’t usually flippantly call the “best” firm in town and ask to speak with a lawyer.  Clients usually think, rightfully so, that the right lawyer is one with…

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Merely Ornamental Refusals
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By Doni Robinson doni@jayaramlaw.com The USPTO will reject an application if the applied for mark is merely a decorative or ornamental feature, because it fails to identify the source of the goods. This refusal for merely ornamental marks is mostly seen in clothing trademarks, where an applicant attempts to submit an application for a slogan on a t-shirt. These refusals…

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Trademark Law in the Supreme Court: Resolving Two Circuit Court Splits – Licenses in Bankruptcy and Damages in Light of Intent
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com The Supreme Court will rule on a trademark case it heard during this session regarding trademark licenses in bankruptcy and will soon decide if it will hear another trademark case regarding infringer’s intent when awarding damages.   Mission Products Holdings Inc v. Tempnology LLC, argued February 20, 2019. In this case, the Supreme Court is looking…

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Fashion and the First Sale Doctrine
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By Palak V. Patel palak@jayaramlaw.com Copyrights and trademarks have been one of the fastest changing areas of law. While most copyright and trademark law has expanded to provide stronger protection to holders, there is one notable exception.  The First Sale Doctrine (17 U.S.C. § 109) allows individuals who knowingly purchased a copyrighted or trademarked work from the holder the right…

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Copyright Now
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com In March, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down not one, but two, copyright law decisions. We’ve now got clarity on two big issues: 1) you have to have a registered copyright before you can file a lawsuit for infringement; and 2) if you prevail in a copyright suit, you can only recover costs as defined…

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